Jonah was a popular prophet in the nation of Israel. He foretold the restoration of the ancient boundaries of the kingdom and watched it come to pass during his ministry. Imagine his surprise when God told him to go and offer grace to Ninevah, the most important city of Assyria. The Assyrians were Israelâs greatest enemy and routinely threatened to destroy them. Jonah grew up hating the Assyrians and his hatred interfered with Godâs directions. Rather than obey the voice of God, Jonah decided to run away. However, God pursued him and convinced him to comply by rescuing him from a violent storm through a giant fish. Jonah eventually went to Ninevah and saw a revival breakout through his preaching. The story ends with Jonah very angry because of the mercy God showed to the Ninevites. While it is easy to write Jonah off as a prophet who failed to understand Godâs heart, it is quite possible that he eventually got it right with God. Tradition teaches that Jonah authored this story and since the story doesnât present him in a positive light, he may have understood that this whole experience was a prophetic message to the Israelites about how they were falling short in fulfilling Godâs plan to bless the nations through them. In the same way, Christians should learn from the story of Jonah about how the church is not to be an exclusive club that shuts the door to wicked people but instead we should know the character of God as a redeemer and seek to offer his redemption to all people, especially those whom we may deem unworthy. We are all unworthy and thatâs what makes grace so amazing!